Students research products imported from Europe and use a map to show the
routes the products might have followed to reach this country.
What You Need
- Imported products or product wrappings
- Large world maps
- Pins or sticky notes
- Outline maps of Europe and World Countries (PDF file print and copy)
- Highlighter pens in different colors
What to Do
- To demonstrate that commerce is worldwide, take a field trip to a
store that carries imported products (such as a supermarket). Have students
look for products that come from Europe. Suggest that student partners
focus on one product (such as Dutch chocolate, English tea, or perfume
from France), and examine its packaging to note exactly where it was
- In class, have students locate on a large world map the sources of
the various products they are tracking, and mark those places with sticky
notes or labels attached with pins. They may need to use an atlas to
pinpoint exact locations.
- Distribute outlines of maps of Europe
and of the World Countries and have partners highlight on them a shipping route
(or routes) their product might have followed to reach this country.
Have them label such geographical features as canals, rivers, and ports
in Europe, using an atlas for details.
- Have partners complete the maps by highlighting a delivery route
to their city or town from a U.S. port.
- Before making the field trip, you may want to call on a local grocery
distributor for more information or invite that person to come in and
speak to the class about importing.
- Display packaging of imported products. Have students note the use
of different languages on packaging of products shipped around the world.
Discuss the advantages to the producers of having text in various languages.
Then have students use the world map to show where those languages are
- Suggest that students examine an almanac to learn what kind of information
it provides about imports to the United States from Europe. Students
can make an oral or written report on the information they found in
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